You can apply to have VCAT resolve a dispute with:
- A supplier or possible supplier
- A purchaser or possible purchaser
- The supply or possible supply
- Purchase or possible purchase of goods and services
Services must be supplied in either trade or commerce, including some claims relating to real estate.
Disputes can also include damages for violation of the Fair Trading Act 1999 that occurred as part of trade or commerce. These can apply to:
Disputes can be applied regardless of whether the product in question was for private or business use.
What are the Time Limits for Applying?
Claims under the Fair Trading Act 1999 must be brought no later than 6 years after the dispute.
Motor Car Disputes
The Motor Car Traders Act 1986 applies a stricter time limit of 3 months to it’s claims, however the amount you can claim has no limit. Whoever you are making a claim against could counterclaim for any money you may owe them.